In assessing how this country, and the world, should proceed, the journal Health Affairs offers up six HIV/AIDS policy briefs, part of an in-depth look at the issue:
"The articles in our issue demonstrate that the U.S. and other leading donor nations can take crucial steps now to shape the extent of the pandemic and to dramatically reduce its costs – both in terms of the treatment of those affected, and in overall human lives."
If HIV and AIDS have taken a backseat amid better publicized health-related concerns of late, now's the time to take stock.
Today's story in the Los Angeles Times: New HIV infections in decline
It begins: "The estimated number of new HIV infections each year has declined about 17% since 2001, but for every five people infected, only two begin treatment, according to a report from the World Health Organization and UNAIDS released Tuesday."
-- Tami Dennis
Photo: An HIV-positive woman receives treatment in a hospital recently in Merauke, West Papua, near Jayapura, Indonesia.
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